What If Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Teamed Up to Rule the World?
For those who follow the British royal family, their careful maintenance of privacy can be a source of frustration. Kate Middleton—and now Meghan Markle—are often seen, but less often heard, leading curious minds to wonder what, exactly, goes on behind closed palace doors. (Royals don’t Snapchat, after all.) This predicament has led dedicated fans to imagine various alternate realities in which the royals are much easier to know.
With that in mind, Vogue’s own contributing editor Michelle Ruiz creates a world where Prince George FaceTimes with Blue Ivy Carter, the Queen hate-reads the Daily Mail, and Meghan and Kate binge-watch The Crown together in a new piece of fiction on Over The Moon. Considering the rampant IRL speculation about the relationship between the Duchess and her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Ruiz wanted to envision a future in which they could be allies, or even “co-conspirators,” managing their own destinies. She imagined that “Kate and Meghan were not just joining The Firm and signing their lives away, but had agency and power in their own right, like the West End and Broadway play King Charles III had done.”
Below, read an excerpt of the conversation behind closed palace doors:
Meghan gingerly knocks on the door of Kate’s “apartment,” shifting her weight from foot to foot. The door opens a crack and a phantom blue ostrich feather pokes around the frame. Kate’s fascinator always arrives first. “Meg,” she whispers, “Is it you?”
“Yes, of course it’s me,” Meghan says smiling brightly. The heavy oak door opens; they double air-kiss. “Who’d you think it was, The Queen of England?” She breaks into bubbly, American laughter.
Kate shoots Meghan a death stare, then pivots on a nude L.K. Bennett Sledge heel and heads over to the gilded bar cart. “It wouldn’t be the first time Granny’s shown up here unannounced suggesting it might be time for another royal baby,” Kate mutters, only half-under her breath.
“What was that?” Meghan asks, tearing her loving gaze from a framed, black and white photo of the princes. Look at William with all of that hair, she quietly marvels to herself.
“Oh, nothing! Nothing at all,” Kate says cheerfully. “Please, do sit.” She hands Meghan a crystal glass filled with frothy orange liquid and raises an identical one to her own lips.
“Um, is this a mimosa?” Meghan asks doe-eyed as she takes a micro-sip. “Are we pregnant-day-drinking mimosas right now?”
“You mean a Buck’s Fizz,” Kate grins, resting the glass on her belly. “You Americans really are dear. Over here, we don’t call it ‘day-drinking.’ It’s just drinking. And besides, I only take a single sip. It’s been a long day.”
Meghan glances at her watch. “But it’s only 11 a—”
“Just you wait, petal. Just. You. Wait. I know you’re positively besotted at the moment, but once you’re married and they ramp up your ‘royal engagements,’ you’ll be longing for those 17-hour Suits shoots,” Kate huffs, at last letting her impeccable posture melt into the velvet setée. “Never breaking my smize. Always having to say ‘quite’ instead of ‘very.’ And the sensible heels! The bloody sensible heels. Once you join The Firm, you can kiss your comfy flats and your sexy stilettos goodbye, honey.”
Meghan squirms in her seat.
“Luckily, protocol is much less strict for you” Kate continues. “Especially since Harry will be sliding into sixth in line after this little one.” She pats her barely visible bump. “I mean ripped jeans at the Invictus Games? Can you imagine if I’d worn that? QEII would have had my head. And ‘The Husband Shirt’? Subtle.”
“Okay, Mrs. “I-Had-a-Poster of Wills-on-My-Bedroom-Wall,” Meghan teases back. “What did I hear they used to call you and Pippa back in the day? The Wisteria sisters?”
Kate pretends not to hear her. “And then, before you know it, you’ll fall pregnant, and those darling ginger babies will be a whole other ordeal.”
“Where are your kids, anyway?” Meghan asks.
“George is Facetiming with Blue Ivy Carter and Char is watching Brave, probably,” Kate says, sliding off her Sledges and curling her stockinged feet beneath her. “Anyway, I summoned you here because I know Harry claims to be giving you his own special royal training . . . How is that going by the way?” Kate raises a perfectly groomed eyebrow.
Source: vogue com
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